Blue Devils overpower Warriors
SYCAMORE – Coach Todd Worst stood on the field Friday night, minutes after watching his Carey Blue Devils handle Mohawk, 33-14, in a Northern 10 Athletic Conference matchup.
He’d watched his team execute a little bit of everything – a 13-play drive, a 71-yard touchdown pass, a 42-yard run – and though he brought up a miscue here and there, the satisfaction was obvious.
“It’s getting to the point now,” Worst said, “where it’s getting fun to watch.”
It wasn’t much fun for the Warriors, who had to try and come back from three first-quarter Carey touchdowns and a 20-0 deficit.
The Warriors were beaten in the trenches, and Mohawk coach Brent Konkle said Carey took control early.
“They came out in the first half and kicked our butt, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “They controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides.”
It started right away, as the Blue Devils took the opening kickoff and marched 71 yards, chewing up almost six minutes of clock and converting three fourth downs.
The final one – a fourth-and-3 from the Mohawk 19 – ended the drive, as Woods darted through the Mohawk defense for a touchdown and a 7-0 Carey lead.
“That’s what we like to do; we haven’t done that in a while,” Worst said. “It’s good to go out and be able to run what you’ve run in practice and have it actually work.”
And it kept on working. After Carey made a defensive stop, Blue Devil quarterback Brayden Wentling lofted a pass down the right sideline to Woods, who hauled it in and ran for a 71-yard TD.
“Set up nice,” Worst said of the play. “We got Gavin down there, and boy, he can run.”
Woods added a 9-yard TD jaunt in the third quarter, and finished with 123 rushing yards, 71 receiving yards and three scores.
Jonathan Racheter also had a big game. He had a 42-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, and finished with 100 rushing yards. Wentling added 120 passing yards as the Blue Devils improved to 2-2, 2-1 in Northern 10 Athletic Conference.
Mohawk’s lone score in the first half came when Zach Jenkins hit Nick Theis on a screen that went for a 10-yard TD. Mohawk went to the break trailing 26-7.
The Warriors rallied in the third quarter. Jenkins, after getting a tremendous block near the sideline from teammate Cadin Emshoff, shuffled down the sideline for a 48-yard TD, which brought the Warriors within 26-14. They looked to get even closer moments later when they recovered a Carey fumble near midfield.
But Mohawk (2-2, 1-2) was unable to move the ball, and turned it over on downs.
Mohawk started the game with some effective passing. Jenkins – with David Dietrich as his primary target – completed four of his first five throws. But after that, he was just 2 of 18.
Dietrich ended with four catches for 59 yards, all in the first half.
“We had our opportunities at times,” Konkle said. “They dared us, and we didn’t take advantage of things. Granted, they did a great job up front on both sides of the ball – give them all the credit in the world – we hit one of those pass plays the second half, it’s a one score game.”
Adam Hackworth put the game away for Carey with a 6-yard TD run with 5:05 left in regulation.
Carey finished with 283 rushing yards.